Those who suffer from severe and constant pain know that their condition is more than just physical; it can affect one on functional, emotional, and psychological levels as well. Depending on the type of your pain condition, you may find that you are limited in your ability to participate in certain daily activities. This loss of independence can, for some, result in depression, anxiety, and irritability. Unlike most pain management clinics, the pain specialists at the Pain Management Center (PMC) of Lansing take a holistic approach to treatment. The goal is not just to minimize a localized nagging discomfort,but to provide comprehensive relief that leads to a better quality of life. The pain management services availableat PMC Lansing derive out of continued research into the safest and least invasive treatments made available through advancements proven effective in acute and chronic pain.
The journey to pain relief starts when our pain management physicians carefully assess your pain problems. They will help determine an accurate pain diagnosis and formulate an individualized pain management plan uniquely tailored to your condition and designed to provide you with an improved quality of life.
- Muscle strain
- Radicular (shooting) pain and
- Facet joint arthropathy
- Discogenic pain
- Herniated (“ruptured”) disc
- Post-laminectomy syndrome
(failed back surgery)
- Cervicogenic headache
- Compression fractures
- Central Pain Syndromes
(post CVA, traumatic, phantom limb pain)
- Post-herpetic neuralgia
- Facial pain
- Complex regional pain syndrome
- Torticollis, Myofacial pain
- Osteoarthritis/autoimmune arthritis
- Diabetic peripheral neropathy
| Cancer Pain
Acute versus Chronic Pain Conditions
Typically, pain management specialists identify pain as acute or chronic. There are many different types of acute and chronic pain conditions, but overall acute pain is considered less severe and tends to improve over time, whereas chronic pain can persist for years adversely affecting a person’s life physically, emotionally, and mentally. Although there are a variety of causes for acute pain, it is commonly found to be the result of injury or illness. Most patients find acute pain relief with prescription or over-the-counter medications. Chronic pain is different in that it frequently goes unchecked, altering one’s body at the cellular level and causing continued pain well after the tissues have healed. Chronic pain relief can be achieved by a number of minimally invasive interventional procedures and other treatment options.
Assessing your Pain Problems
Pain is highly subjective, meaning everyone feels pain differently. For this reason, it can be difficult to gauge one’s level of pain. While some patients with conditions, such as acute foot pain, are able to perform tasks with a certain level of pain, other patients with chronic lower back pain for instance find their pain too severe and completely debilitating. Also, there are a number of ways to describe one’s pain symptoms – dull, throbbing, stabbing, sharp, or in terms of other sensations like extreme heaviness, burning, or itch. The physicians at the Pain Management Center of Lansing will work with you to understand your individual pain by evaluating factors, such as duration, intensity, type, location in the body, and source. During the initial assessment, your physician may also consider issues like threshold and pain tolerance to provide an accurate diagnosis.
As most pain management clinics will tell you, it is important to understand that pain, in and of itself, is not necessarily bad. In fact, it can actually be lifesaving because it is part of your body’s own natural defense system. Pain triggers a physiological response that lets you know when to avoid harmful situations, but long-term severe chronic pain can be debilitating. PMC Lansing will help you distinguish the difference. Our interdisciplinary and holistic approach to pain management and treatment combines multiple fields of study from medical to psychological to help you make the shift from just dreaming of a life pain free to realizing a life where you gain better control over your pain and find the relief you deserve.